Sunday, January 13

Grim up north

Sunderland 3 West Ham 0

Never a fixture that fills a West Ham fan with confidence, we've ended up getting battered at the Stadium of Shite. Not much we could do about the first goal, an unstoppable shot from Larsson, who was very nearly closed down by Nolan. However the Match of the Day evidence shows it's one-way traffic apart from a tame shot at the keeper from Jarvis in the first-half.

Sunderland's second is "pathetic" to quote Big Sam. From a West Ham free-kick the Black Cats break. Joe Cole doesn't stick with McClean who has the freedom of the half to break and produce a great save from Jaaskelainen. The rebound falls to young Dan Potts who tries to chest it instead of heading or hoofing clear and Johnson nips in to poke home. Full-back Colback hits the post before Sunderland grab a third, Sessegnon turning inside Potts to mishit the ball across goal for McLean to score from  a tight angle. It's only then that West Ham show a little life with subs Vaz Te and Tomkins having late efforts saved.

Not good enough from the Hammers and Big Sam appears baffled by our poor work rate, though at least he's honest about it. Collins getting injured hasn't helped, but with O'Brien and McCartney out we surely need to sign a new left back as Potts is inexperienced and was exposed on his PL debut. At least Joe Cole has shown a decent appetite and Chamakh has come on as sub for a run-out. We also had Diame on the bench which offers some hope for next week. The Irons desperately need to beat QPR now and prove we're not a soft touch to teams that fight for every ball.

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